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Saturday, February 8 • 9:40am - 10:40am
(147) Inquiry-Based Experiments in Science Classrooms - STAT Chat - Presented twice - 9:40-10:05 & 10:15-10:40

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During a traditional science experiment in a science classroom, the teacher determines how the experiment should be conducted and analyzed. By providing a lab procedure, the teacher controls the learning journey of the students. In the words of John Dewey, the teacher is providing the map to the students instead of allowing students to explore for themselves. Without exploring, students do not embark on a personal journey of mapmaking, which includes discovering and experiencing the various terrain, bodies of water, weather, and much more. Even though the map provides a bird's-eye view of the world, without the journey, the personal connection with the world is absent. I share a general framework for converting traditional experiments into inquiry-based experiments. Furthermore, I share practical context on the role of the teacher during preparation and implementation.

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Chris Ham

Science Teacher, Research Assistant, Ph.D. Student, Frisco ISD, University of North Texas
I’m a high school science teacher in Frisco ISD and a doctoral student studying curriculum and instruction at UNT. I also work as a research assistant to Dr. Hoffman on his work on literacy in teacher education and a curriculum writer over the summer. Over the five years as an educator... Read More →

Saturday February 8, 2020 9:40am - 10:40am CST
A 111 ( Tech Center )